or hormental about DS's nursery?
pinkypanther · 19/04/2011 20:18
DS is 13 months old. He has recently moved up from the baby room (excellent) to the toddler (1 - 2) room at his nursery and the problems have started from there.
My issues with the toddler room in the 2 weeks since he has moved include:
- losing his comforter (found a few days later after I asked where it was)
- leaving him in a dirty nappy
- no one apparently taking any time to interact with him (I am not there during the day but when I arrive staff are generally ignoring him and the other kids)
- dropping his afternoon bottle without telling me (I only discovered this today and it explains why he is so upset and starving by the time I get him home)
- putting him down for a nap at 12.20 when they know I am coming at 12.30 (on that occasion the excuse was that he "wasn't on the register"
- phoning me today to tell me I must come and collect him as he has hand foot and mouth, when he has been to the GP the same morning who confirmed his rash is an allergic reaction to something, and not hand foot and mouth. He is now excluded on the basis of nursery's diagnosis of hand foot and mouth...
I am 6 months pregnant and am seriously considering starting maternity leave early and pulling him out, I can't bear it, but DH thinks I am over-reacting.
heliumballoons · 19/04/2011 20:27
Hormental was that a freudian slip?
YANBU to be annoyed at the hand and mouth - get GP to ring the nursery.
Losing things is a PITA but it happens, and to mums too.
Bottle being dropped - they really should have discussed it first - but its easily solvable.
Napping - if its their routine and it was a one off early pick up - again these things happen.
They won't interact so much with the 1-2s as they are teaching them to have some independance.
If you are realy unhappy I would find somewhere else, not take early ML.
griphook · 19/04/2011 20:27
I don't think you are overreacting and I think you need to make an appointment to see the manager tomorrow, particulary in regard to the hand foot and mouth diagnosis. I would be angry if someone stopped giving my ds a bottle without talking to me and leaving him in a dirty nappy is plain wrong.
I would question why he wasn't on the register, I would be very concerned about that in case there was a fire, if he's not on the register then no one would look for him.
ItDoesntBodenWell · 19/04/2011 20:29
Yanbu, I wouldn't be happy about any of those points, except maybe the last one as they have to be careful I guess.
2 and 4 Are the worst.
The room doesn't sound very nice, but how is he enjoying it as far as you can tell? There are usually teething problems when they move rooms, so I'd give it a couple more weeks before doing anything hasty. short weeks coming up anyway :)
naturalbaby · 19/04/2011 20:31
so your dh thinks it's acceptable that your son has been left dirty, starving and ignored by adults you pay to look after him?!
the nursery staff are far from qualified health professionals who can diagnose health conditions. ask them why they think they know better than a gp who has been through years of medical training and has years of experience.
coolascucumber · 19/04/2011 20:33
When DS1 was at nursery (some years ago now) we noticed a big change in the level of care given after he left the baby room (staff ratio changed). He started to have terrible nappy rash, one day he was left in the same nappy all day. Another time they left him in a fleecy jumper all day even though he was boiling hot. I decided to take him out early when pregnant with DD1 after trying to sort out these care issues. You need to raise your concerns now and monitor the situation carefully.
Bogeyface · 19/04/2011 20:36
Excluding him before seeing the GP, ok. But disregarding the diagnosis in favour of their own is not on at all. And the register thing is really bad, as someone else said, if there was a fire or some such then no one would know he was there!
I wouldnt start ML early (unless you are planning to resign after the baby comes in which case I dont suppose it makes much difference) but I would be looking for another nursery.
Will you be keeping him in a couple of sessions a week after the baby comes? I would consider it as it will be good for both of you, and if you are then definetely change nurseries.
pinkypanther · 19/04/2011 20:38
He has become really clingy to me since moving in there. I am so sad about the whole thing. I just feel like in the baby room they looked after him properly whereas now I'm just abandoning him into a room where most of the other kids are older and bigger and the staff don't really care that much.
I have already raised 1, 2, 3 and 5 with the manager last week and they fobbed me off really, so I wanted some perspective on whether it is me and my hormones or whether this is actually unacceptable.
Notice period is 2 months and alternative childcare not easy to find in this area.
DH's view is that some of the things aren't great but that it is important for DS to be socialised - he is only there 2.5 days a week at the moment.
griphook · 19/04/2011 20:54
did anything change after you spoke to the manager?. my little ds starts nursery and the more I think about the points you have raised the more worried I am.
If nothing has changed after speaking to the manager, then go higher and if no luck there go to OFSTED
Booandpops · 19/04/2011 20:59
My dd hated her 2nd room which was basically teenagers running the room rather than experienced nursery nurses in the baby room
I Sooooo regret not moving her now as I waited till she was old enough to move to my local nursery at three yrs I should not have waited it was six months!!!!
She is in reception now and loved the local nursery and her school but that's the one thing I wish I'd trusted my instint on and didn't that I regret
pinkypanther · 19/04/2011 20:59
Griphook - no unfortunately not. 4 & 6 happened yesterday and today i.e. after I spoke to the manager. Such a shame because the I couldn't fault the care he had in the baby room (he started when he was 8 months).
DH has just emailed them and raised 4 & 6 and we will see what they say!
cookielove · 19/04/2011 21:17
From a nursery nurse point of view, not saying that you have no right to be upset, but how it may come across from their side
- losing his comforter (found a few days later after I asked where it was)
- toys get lost all the time, we encourage parents not to bring in anything to valuable in case of loss or breakage, so far have not lost anything at my nursery but i know lots of parents have lost several comfort toys, one coming straight to mind that they are on the 3rd elephant since birth as they have lost all the others child is 2.
- leaving him in a dirty nappy
- could he have pooed as you arrived, just before you arrived, maybe 10 minutes before you arrived, and nursery nurse was doing nappies and hadn't got to him yet, did you change the nappy, or the worker? what did his bum look like, red sore, like he'd been sitting in it for a while?
3) no one apparently taking any time to interact with him (I am not there during the day but when I arrive staff are generally ignoring him and the other kids)
- often pick up times, are busy and staff are busy talking to all the parents, keeping the children engaged, this doesn't mean they ignore him all day.
4) dropping his afternoon bottle without telling me (I only discovered this today and it explains why he is so upset and starving by the time I get him home)
- in 1-2 year rooms children most likely drink from cups, he may be dropping it naturally if they are offering it in a cup instead of a bottle, or he may just refuse to drink it, as he is not 100% settled in the room as of yet.
5) putting him down for a nap at 12.20 when they know I am coming at 12.30 (on that occasion the excuse was that he "wasn't on the register"
- maybe the message wasn't passed along to all the nursery nurses, and was actually just a mix up
6) phoning me today to tell me I must come and collect him as he has hand foot and mouth, when he has been to the GP the same morning who confirmed his rash is an allergic reaction to something, and not hand foot and mouth. He is now excluded on the basis of nursery's diagnosis of hand foot and mouth...
- lots of doctors often tell parents its viral, when sometimes its not, maybe there is an outbreak and the nursery nurse had seen a lot of it that week, however unless there is an out break, HFM has no exclusion period unless the child is unwell with it.
I am not disagreeing with anything you say, but wanted to offer insight from the other side, do go with your gut instinct on this though, you'll only end up regretting it if you don't.
Grabaspoon · 19/04/2011 21:21
I was a room leader for the 1-2 age range
- Happens - we try not to loose things, but sometimes they happen - once it took us 3 days to find a child's dummy - and we had tipped out the room etc - but 13 1 year olds are amazing at hiding things
- How long for? I know that sometimes children have the ability of pooing literally 2 minutes before their parent arrives - as a nanny who has also picked up from nursery I also found this with DC. If it was a regular thing then I would be concerned - if it had just happened or he was next in the "queue for changing" then slightly lesser of an issue.
- Are they ignoring the other kids so that they are greeting parents who are arriving = 8am in our room used to be manic with children eating breakfast, playing, and parents dropping off 8 children, 2 adults = not much engagement whilst things are going on but as soon as we can we do play/interact.
- Is this down to miscommunication ie someone thought you said he'd dropped it - or even because the others aren't having an afternoon bottle they forgot to make/do his - I know I have sometimes realised 30 minutes late that actually baby "Tommy" still has a bottle and to quickly go grab it.
- Again is there miscommunication - if lunch covers are in the room then they might not know and just put him down with the rest of the children - although the room nursery nurse should be aware, was he perhaps tired and fell asleep in his dinner.
- If there is HFM going round the nursery then I can understand why they might send him home - I would suggest that explaining the allergy thing to them again.
acebaby · 19/04/2011 21:24
Take him out on the basis of 2 3 4 and 5. The nappy situation and lack of interaction are neglectful; not discussing feeding and napping schedules with you is poor communication (a huge issue in my opinion). 1 & 6 are regular occurrences even in good nurseries. Ds2's eczema was diagnosed as chicken pox twice at his (good) nursery!
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